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Environmental cues — like the color, size and shape of the dinnerware, the music playing in the background and the lighting in the dining room — can alter how we experience food and drink. For example, research suggests that serving food on a red plate tends to reduce the amount diners eat. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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A Cartoonist's Funny, Heartbreaking Take On Caring For Aging Parents

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New Yorker Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us Get It

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From Her Dad To Her 'Jamish' Roots, A Poet Pieces Her Story Together

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Jamie Oliver, Up To His Elbows In Mashed Potatoes With 'Comfort Food'

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Unlike her sister, Vanessa Bell, seen here circa 1910, didn't keep a journal. "Her voice is largely unheard and I was really interested in that," Priya Parmar says. George C. Beresford/Getty Images hide caption

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Novel Gives Voice To Virginia Woolf's Overshadowed Sister

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Comedian Andrea Martin: 'I Don't Think Age Has Anything To Do With It'

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Author Explores Armenian Genocide 'Obsession' And Turkish Denial

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'The Bishop's Wife' Tracks A Killer In A Mormon Community

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Twee is an almost paradoxical combination of the hypermaterialistic and artisanal and crafted, says Marc Spitz, author of Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion and Film. Cienpies Design & Communication/iStockphoto hide caption

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Beyond The Bird On It: 'Twee Is About Shopping'

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Smashing Snow Globes: A Writer On Essays, Novels And Translation

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How Tinseltown Got Tipsy: A Boozy Taste Of Hollywood History

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Bridwell Created A Big Red Dog That Grew With Readers' Love

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Geoffrey Chaucer died in 1400 — but somehow, he's on Twitter now — and he's here to answer your holiday questions! The Art Archive/iStockphoto hide caption

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"Compassionate concern activates the same system you see in every mammal when a parent cares for the young" — Daniel Goleman Robert Leslie/TED hide caption

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Why Aren't We More Compassionate?

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